Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

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"Economic hit men,” John Perkins writes, “are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.”

John Perkins should know—he was an economic hit man. His job was to convince countries that are strategically important to the U.S.—from Indonesia to Panama—to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development, and to make sure that the lucrative projects were contracted to U. S. corporations. Saddled with huge debts, these countries came under the control of the United States government, World Bank and other U.S.-dominated aid agencies that acted like loan sharks—dictating repayment terms and bullying foreign governments into submission.

This New York Times bestseller exposes international intrigue, corruption, and little-known government and corporate activities that have dire consequences for American democracy and the world. It is a compelling story that also offers hope and a vision for realizing the American dream of a just and compassionate world that will bring us greater security.
 

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John Perkins is the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating a stable, sustainable, and peaceful world.
 
Published November 9, 2004 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 250 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (Ebury Press, £7.99).

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Zimbio

However, instead of limiting the power of government, Perkins believes that the power of government is simply being used in the wrong way: .

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Daily Kos

Isn't it strange that of all the pretexts bandied about for invading Iraq, that the most obvious reason - oil - has rarely been mentioned.

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He styles himself an international agent of intrigue who can bring nations to ruin with his economic forecasts (!?) but at the same time a man of deep conscience who is trying to change how everyone thinks to atone for his sins.

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I'd rather promote Obama because he is independently articulate and can speak extemporaneously with more confidence than anyone I have seen in politics since Bill Clinton which gives me the confidence he knows what he is about (as opposed to the 'sound-bite' 'catch-phrase' 'talking-point' puppets...

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…”The foreign aid game was a sham”, writes Perkins, “It existed to make [foreign leaders] rich and to shackle his country with debt” … he and his colleagues could and would manipulate variables to achieve the predicted and exorbitant growth rates they desired.

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